Welcome to Earth! You will die here someday, but at least you can look forward to hearing "Tainted Love" no less than 47,000 more times before that happens. It'll get old after a bit. But then it'll get good again and you won't know why. Because it's good but not good enough, you know? Yeah, you know. You're smart, for a baby.
The Album It Came From: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
First, the album cover:
That is a perv locking eyes with you as his friend is either giving or receiving questionable pornography. Something disgusting was or is about to start happening. This scene frightens children in Christian funhouses.
One-hit wonders are usually doomed to an afterlife of being played on listen-while-you-work Lite FM radio stations. Stations where only the most breezy, inoffensive, and unchallenging songs thrive for the next few decades. This can lead to a false perception: that the artists are themselves safe and unchallenging, since our only knowledge of their work is through this one commercial success. Probably the case for some. Not the case for Soft Cell, as evidenced by the album's first track, "Frustration." This poppy New Wave album kicks off with a song about a middle-aged, middle-class Average Joe who hates his life and every drop of dullness he represents. He's a man who wishes he could run off and become a drug addict and f**k everything in sight. It all culminates with the lead singer screaming, "I WANT TO DIE," over and over for the last 30 seconds of the song.